Future residents will be given an in-person orientation describing all the benefits the LEED GOLD certification will bring to the Argyle Apartments. This personal tour will take place the second part of August and will describe how our residents and the community will benefit from the LEED GOLD certification. 

What is LEED for Homes? 

LEED for Homes is a national, voluntary, rating system administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). USGBC is a non-profit that promotes the design and construction of high performance greenbuildings and encourages the adoption of sustainable practices. LEED-certified homes are more durable, use less energy and water and provide improved indoor air quality resulting in reduced utility bills and increased occupant comfort. 

For a project to earn LEED for Homes certification, it must meet requirements in eight different environmental qualities: 

1. Sustainable Sites 
2. Water Efficiency 
3. Energy & Atmosphere 
4. Materials & Resources 
5. Indoor Environmental Quality 
6. Locations and Linkages 
7. Awareness and Education 
8. Innovation in Design 

For more information on LEED for Homes and the USGBC see http://www.usgbc.org/leed

Argyle Apartments is a LEED-certified project developed by AMCAL. It is targeting LEED-Gold certification. Some of the green features unique to the project are:

  • 35% reduction in energy use
  • 50% of construction waste was diverted from landfills
  • 5% of total parking area dedicated to low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles
  • High-efficiency fixtures and ENERGY STAR appliances installed
  • High-albedo roof to reduce heat island effect in the city
  • High-efficiency irrigation system
  • Low-emitting paints and flooring